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Tangerine: The Oil of Cheer & Creativity

An interesting fact about the name Tangerine: the name comes from Tangier, Morocco which is the port that the first tangerines were shipped to in Europe. Also, did you know that tangerines have been grown in China, Japan, and Djibouti for over 3,000 years? That is a long time!

Citrus oils are fresh and their aroma is very calming to the body and mind. Tangerine is gentle and subtle oil that supports us to embrace change with enthusiasm and grace. It releases old programming that prevents us from obtaining our goals and instills confidence that we can obtain our new goals and dreams. It also asks us to be fully present so we may be consciously aware of our mental and emotional states. It’s no surprise that Tangerine affects our root, sacral and solar plexus chakras which align with the throat chakra.

Emotionally, Tangerine, similar to Wild Orange, has strong qualities of cheer and joyfulness which can uplift one from the darkest of moods. It can help those who feel unable to tap into the lightness of heart often found in children. Those who feel overburdened by life’s responsibilities can benefit from Tangerine and its uplifting vibration. It impacts a person’s creativity, increases playfulness and happiness, and helps a person live more spontaneously or light-heartedly. In this way it may be helpful for people who feel overwhelmed, overworked, stuck, heavy-hearted, cranky or just “blah” (yep, “blah” is an emotion! Haven’t you ever felt blah?). An excessive sense of duty or creating strict standards for oneself sucks creativity out of a person. Sure, work, duty and responsibility all have their place but feeling overworked, overly responsible and overburdened leads to a loss of creative energy and to regain that sense of creativity can be re-instilled using Tangerine. Tangerine will help you access the pool of abundant creative energy that’s held within you. It then helps that energy to flow into the heart and outside into physical manifestation.

How cool would it be to re-experience the joy and cheerfulness you knew by default as a child?

Blends Well With

Tangerine blends well with Bergamot, Clary Sage, Frankincense, Geranium, Grapefruit, Lavender, Lemon, Roman Chamomile, Wild Orange.

Don’t Have This Oil?

Depending on your uses for this oil, substitutes may include: Grapefruit, Lime, Wild Orange, Ylang Ylang.

Usage Tips

As with all citrus oil, avoid direct sunlight for a minimum of 12 hours after topical application. Always test for skin sensitivity prior to widespread use and use on the feet when possible. Excessive use of any oil can lead to skin sensitisation. Keep out of eyes, ears, or nose. Not all oils are created equal, so test brands carefully, and never use an oil in a way not recommended by its maker.

Oil information from: “Emotions and Essential Oils: A Modern Resource for Healing” and “The Essential Life”